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Biden to Step Down from Senate Thursday

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Vice President-elect and senior Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden will step down from the Senate at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, according to a letter to the Senate read into the record by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today.

"Mr. President, what a sad but happy day it is to have that letter read before the world. Joe Biden, from the day I came to the Senate, was the most gracious, helpful person one could image," Reid said, after announcing Biden's formal resignation. "And for Barack Obama, having chosen him, speaks volumes about Barack Obama. So we will miss Senator Biden and his many, many years in the Senate, but we look forward to his working arm in arm with Barack Obama for the next eight years."

Biden is traveling in South Asia, along with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) and others, on what will be his last congressional delegation trip before assuming the vice presidency.

Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (D) is slated to name former Biden chief of staff Ted Kaufman to replace Biden in the Senate.

Posted at 6:22 PM ET on Jan 9, 2009  | Category:  Joe Biden
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Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2009 6:39 PM

"Nope"? If he wasn't born in Hawaii, you can't at least see the potential for blackmail, disqualification, Constitutional crisis, etc.?!

Well, okay, but one "shred" of evidence would be Obama's paternal grandmother's statement that she was present (in what is now Kenya) for his birth. Take a look at "The New Presidential Limo" thread if you really want to continue this debate.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2009 6:38 PM

Nope. Still a non-issue.

And he was born in Hawaii. There's not one shred of evidence otherwise; nobody has demonstrated any proof of the Obamas travelling to Kenya (which would have been exorbitantly expensive; Barack Sr. only came to America by a charity airlift; not to mention foolish for a several-months-pregnant woman), nor explained why or how they immediately chose to conceal it from birth (including placing a fake birth announcement in a Honolulu newspaper) (did they know he was going to run for president 40 years later?), or how they could have done this.

Posted by: SeanC1 | January 11, 2009 6:29 PM


I would agree with you that it is "moot" if he was born in Hawaii. But, federal law in effect at that time did NOT automatically make foreign born Americans "natural born" citizens just because their mothers were U.S. citizens -- that's the issue we are dealing with -- now you at least see the potential for blackmail, disqualification, Constitutional crisis, etc.?

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2009 4:19 PM

No. His mother was an American citizen, which means it doesn't matter where he was born, just as with John McCain (who was covered on both sides).

Moot, since he was born in Hawaii.

Posted by: SeanC1 | January 11, 2009 11:27 AM


How do you KNOW he is a natural-born citizen? Would you agree that, if he wasn't born in Hawaii, then he isn't qualified to become President of the United States?

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2009 8:24 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't a natural-born citizen; Obama is; the fact that the political establishment agrees is significant inasmuch as the Republican Party has no reason to lie, and yet you don't see them making the slightest noise when a scandal of that magnitude would topple the government.

Posted by: SeanC1 | January 10, 2009 3:57 PM


I'm not "giv[ing] it up" as I respect the United States Constitution that I swore to protect and defend too much -- keep in mind that I am registered Independent and would be asking these same questions even if it were the Republican who had "won" -- for instance, if the "entire political establishment" thought it was just fine to let Arnold Schwarzenegger become President short of a formal Constitutional Amendment, I would object to that as well. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2009 12:34 PM

Give it up; your fantasy is not going to happen. Barack Obama is a natural-born citizen, so says the entire political establishment, including Republicans who would have every reason to bring it to light if they thought it wasn't true (or even if they thought it wasn't but could make political hay out of it).

Congrats to Joe Biden on 36 years of service; the Vice Presidency is a fitting cap to his tenure (and, perhaps, he'll be swearing in his son in a couple of years).

Posted by: SeanC1 | January 10, 2009 12:21 PM

No, the "game" is not over, especially if pResident Evil Obama is not a "natural born" citizen. I hope Alan Keyes files a separate lawsuit against every appointment, nomination, treaty, legislation and executive order The One signs.

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2009 10:26 AM

It's time that this country, like Canada, discourage fivolous lawsuits by forcing the plaintiff to absorb all court costs and legal fees. The attempts to disqualify Obama are nothing but more of the same from a lunatic fringe element. Some tried the same tactic on John McCain because he was born in the Canal Zone. Both are natural born American citizens who meet the birth requirement to be President.

Joe Biden ends a distinguished 36 year Senate career with the best wishes of most Delawareans and the rest of the country. Didn't always agree with him, but he served both Delaware and this nation with great honor.

God's speed, Joe, and enjoy your new "digs" and position.

Posted by: NotBubba | January 10, 2009 8:35 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama is officially the next president of the United States, Congress declared Thursday in fulfilling its centuries-old constitutional duty to certify and tally the electoral college vote from each state.

Republicans joined Democrats in a standing ovation as Vice President Dick Cheney, in his role as president of the Senate, announced from the podium that Obama had achieved a majority of votes and would be the 44th president on Jan. 20.

Speaking before a joint session of the House and Senate, Cheney confirmed the results of the Nov. 4 election, that Obama and next Vice President Joe Biden had received 365 electoral votes while the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin garnered 173 votes.
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Also on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice David Souter rejected an emergency plea to prevent Congress from certifying the electoral vote. It was the latest of at least 8 appeals to the court in recent months — all quickly dismissed — asserting that Obama is ineligible to be president because he is not a "natural-born citizen" as the Constitution requires.

game over.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | January 10, 2009 2:23 AM

Technically, Biden will "step up" as Acting President at noon on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2009 7:37 PM

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